We all know that African tradition, culture and heritage is very diverse and dynamic. It’s definitely not all about singing and dancing! We have to find a way of updating those parts of our culture, traditions and heritage that have enriched us, both materially and otherwise historically and develop them, such as exporting our traditional medicines as Asians have done, the … [Read more...] about African progress lies in our collective identity
The bride price has been a part of Africa for as far back as we can verify (and beyond). Over the years, with the influence of capitalism and the dire situations our continent faces, the practice has evolved in many ways. While we cannot deny the fact the bride price plays an integral role in our traditions and culture, it is paramount for us to stop for a moment to … [Read more...] about Bride Price: Good or Bad?
Recently, and for several Sundays, the gospel readings have been sections from the sixth chapter of John. It is a familiar chapter in which Jesus declares, "I am the bread of life!" As he continues to teach from this identity, Jesus reinforces the idea that you are what you eat. This is consistent with other teachings attributed to Jesus such as “out of the abundance of the … [Read more...] about Africa The Living Bread
What manner of man invents atrocious butchery like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? When I think that the whole practice of FGM came about by egotistical men who had nothing better to invent than to worry about their wives possible philandering adventures, I have this sour residue in my mouth. Back then, and dare I add, even today in Africa, it was/is somewhat acceptable that … [Read more...] about Female Genital Mutilation– Broken lives, broken minds
Yesterday, 25th May, more than half the people in the world took a day off from normal work to relax, spend time with family or just catch up with work. Different chunks of the globe celebrated this day for very different reasons. In the United States, it was a Memorial Day to remember and honor the soldiers who fought during the civil war for those who are free today. In parts … [Read more...] about Africa, where are we headed?